Your Pre-Spring Garden Checklist

We may be in the midst of winter, but that shouldn't keep you from getting a jump-start on your spring garden. There are a number of tasks you can cross off the gardening checklist now, so you can be well prepared when it's officially planting season.

Here are some tasks you can complete during the winter, so you can enjoy more time out in your garden when the seasons change.

  • Identify soil needs: Soil is the foundation that determines the success of a garden, so it's important to make sure it receives plenty of nutrients before the planting begins. One way this can be done is by composting, which will give soil the organic richness it needs for the growing season. If you live in an area that doesn't receive a lot of snow or where you can easily access your soil, you can also test the pH levels to specifically identify which nutrients it needs to help improve soil structure.
  • Make a tool wish list: It's never fun to start a project in the spring only to discover you don't have the tools you need to complete it, or you forgot to replace a specific piece of equipment. Make a list of the tools you need or would like to have ahead of time to be sure you have everything ready once the weather breaks.
  • Explore and get inspired: Stock up on gardening and living magazines for ideas and project inspiration you want to complete this year. By actively searching for ways to improve and expand your lawn and garden, you can also identify materials and tools you'll need for the coming seasons.
  • Select seeds: Look through seed catalogs and start listing the types of plants and veggies you plan to grow this year. After you determine which plants you want to include in your garden, you can purchase them ahead of time - you can even start growing indoor seeds for some plants like lettuce, cucumbers and squash, as long as you plan accordingly.

 

The Dirt from Troy-Bilt

January/February 2015